Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Project: Library--COMPLETE!

Hello, T-Day friends and others!  You have been waiting a long time to hear the end of my son's summer library saga.  Although he finished visiting all the libraries in August, I've only now had a chance to document the adventure in my scrapbook.  Below you'll see the scrapbook page that I made.  A map of the libraries takes up a large part of the page.  The libraries highlighted in blue on the map are those that my son visited in the summer of 2015, and those highlighted in yellow are the ones that he visited in the summer of 2014.  Twenty libraries visited in 2014 plus twenty-one more visited in 2015 makes a total of forty-one libraries.  "41 and done!"

Supplies: yellow cardstock from Echo Park; red & gold cardstock from Neenah Paper; navy dotted paper from American Crafts; orange dotted paper from Pebbles; green swirl paper from My Mind's Eye; die cuts, alphabet stickers, & all other paper from October Afternoon; decorative tape from Scotch/3M; ink from Autumn Leaves/Stampology; pens from Zig; household stapler.

I've only included one photo on this page, but it's a favorite of mine.  There will certainly be more library-related scrapbook pages forthcoming, because I have more library photos to put into my album.

If you would like to see photos of the libraries that my son and I visited earlier in the summer, please refer to my posts for June and July.  Below, you will find photos of all but one of the libraries that my son and I visited in August.  The only library I don't have a photo of is Webber Park library, since it is in a temporary location in a strip mall at the moment.  Construction of the new (permanent) Webber Park library will begin soon.
image source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Augsburg_Park_Library.jpg

Augsburg Park library, shown above, takes its name from the park in which it is located.  It is very pleasant to sit down near a window in this library and be able to look out at a lovely green space.
image source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:East_Lake_Community_Library.jpg

East Lake library is located on Lake Street, a busy thoroughfare in south Minneapolis.  One thing I liked about this library was its display of cat and dog books.  I checked out James Herriot's Cat Stories.  I have read it before, but it was a delight to read it again.
image source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:36th_St_Library_2.jpg

Hosmer library will celebrate its one hundredth birthday later this year.  It's a grand library, inside and out.  Please ignore the snow in the photo; obviously there was no snow when we visited Hosmer in August.  :)
image source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Northeast_Library_2011.jpg

Northeast library is located in the "hipster" neighborhood of "Nordeast" Minneapolis, but this library is not only for hipsters.  It's a very family-friendly place, with lots of play areas for kids.  My son had fun spelling out messages with magnetic alphabet letters there.
image source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pierre_Bottineau_Library_January_2015_02.JPG

Again, please ignore the snow in this photo.  Don't ignore the interesting architecture, though.  Pierre Bottineau library is housed in a historic building that is over one hundred years old.
image source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Southeast_Community_Library,_2013.jpg

Southeast library is located near the University of Minnesota campus.  My son got a taste of college life when we visited here.
image source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Walker_Library,_Summer_2014.jpg

Finally, Walker library is a beautiful, long, low building in Uptown, another "hipster" neighborhood of Minneapolis.  Like Northeast library, Walker caters both to hipsters and to families.  We planned our visit for "Lego Mania" day, and my son had fun playing with Legos there.

At the end of August, after my son and I visited the last library on our list, I celebrated with a cup of coffee...a pumpkin spice latte from Dunn Brothers Coffee, to be precise.  Now I'm ready for autumn.  :)


Valerie-Jael said...

You have really been on a library pilgrimage, wonderful idea!Love the layouts you made. We just have a very small library here in our little town, but it's still a nice place. Pumpkin spice coffee sounds good, and a great way to start autumn. Have a happy T day and a good week, hugs, Valerie

IrinaR (Irina Rakovets) said...

Ого...Дениз, какое путешествие!.. Это замечательно, что сын любит читать, особенно в бумажном варианте.
Wow... what a trip, Denise !.. It's wonderful that my son likes to read, especially on paper.
Спасибо за ответ: у нас эти грибы называют - сморчки.
Я такие не ем, хотя другие хвалят...
Предпочитаю лисички, боровики, зелёнки, грузди... Сама не собираю (был жив муж, он собирал)

Viktoria Berg said...

This is the most awesome project ever! I love how different the libraries look.

There is one library in the world I would really really love to visit: http://www.bibalex.org/en/mediagallery/default/all
Not as good as it would have been to see the original library, but I am about 1600 years too late for that! ;-)

Happy T-Day!

Linda Kunsman said...

that is a fabulous layout Denise-great design and color! I am so impressed with all those library visits, something I could enjoy myself. And to think how your sweet son enjoys it is really something especially in this day and age of electronic games and computers. Thanks for sharing these wonderful buildings. Happy T day!

pearshapedcrafting said...

I have loved seeing all of the libraries - such wonderful days you must have had! Lego Mania day sounds good! Happy T day! Chrisx

Lisca Meijer said...

What a great idea to visit the libraries in your area! I'm sure your son has enjoyed doing it. I will certainly have a look at your photos using the link.
Have a great week,

Divers and Sundry said...

What a delightful quest! Such varied designs. I know y'all have a sense of shared adventure and accomplishment. :)

Ariel said...

Wow! I remember you posting about your son's interest in visiting different libraries. Congrats on finishing this great project. The page you created looks lovely.
Happy T day

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

When I grow up and have kids, I want to be just like you. You are such an AWESOME Mom. I am so, so glad you completed this project, and had such a good time doing it, too. That photo of your son in the library was perfect. You have a great eye for photography, and it shows.

Sorry I am so late visiting. I didn't think I'd be THIS late, though. I'm having a few internet issues in addition to being so late leaving Sally's today. Thanks for sharing your August libraries, your wonderful scrapbook page, and your latte with us for T this Tuesday.

BTW, it's still HOT here (90s all this week), so I'm also ready for autumn!

Rita said...

OMGosh! You two finished your adventure!! I thought this was a marvelous idea and now you have made a scrapbook, too--awesome!! I have never had a pumpkin latte, but I should say you deserved one in celebration!! Happy T-Day!

Dianne said...

wow, what a fantastic project, and gorgeous scrapbook pages you've created! our local public library has window displays of various interesting subjects~ seems like your son's library visits would be of interest to many library goers and make a terrific display!

johanna said...

i could spend my life in libraries - great post and the pumpkin spiced coffee sounds tempting!

Carol said...

Yumm that coffee sounds delish ♥♥♥♥♥ I don't' go to the library much any more. Our little library here doesn't offer too much and I can't afford the non-resident fees of the larger ones near by. So I go to used book stores A LOT !

Krisha said...

What a great adventure this had to have been. I always loved being in a library, or a book store, like an art gallery for the imagination!

Your scrapbook LO is just wonderful, packed with memories. When he is much older he will be so thrilled to look back on this adventure.

Belated T-day wishes.

froebelsternchen Susi said...

I love to see all the libraries - as a former bookseller I like libraries as well as bookshops... what a fantastic project this is!
the layout is super and the pumpkin coffee must be delicious!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

I'm late visiting as I am struggling to catch up with everything and everyone after our visit. What a fun summer project this was and it is nice that your son was so interested! I hope "they" never get rid of libraries--for me there is nothing like holding a good book in my hands! Happy belated t day!

Patricia said...

congratulations to you.. 41 library !!! and a beautiful page !

Lynette Jacobs said...

When I was a child I spent my vacations in libraries...yearning for those years. Love the way you have scrapped your love of libraries.

~*~Patty S said...

You did it!
What a fabulous adventure and memory maker you had your son have had.
AND your scrapbooking will help make the experience immortal :-)
Happy T Day even if it is Thursday
p.s. thank you for your visit to my Magpie's Nest

Halle said...

So cool! I've never been to any of those. What a fun adventure/challenge you did with your son. I'm sure you made some great memories!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

What a sweet adventure and a fun layout to documented that!